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Isaac Walker

Isaac Walker

Blood Donation, Michigan, Recipient, Treatment

Blood and bone marrow transplant recipient Isaac Walker is alive today because of the generosity of donors in our community.

When he was 2, he was diagnosed with leukemia. During two years of treatment, he received numerous blood transfusions as his cancer went into remission. However, in 2015, it came back and Isaac underwent a successful bone marrow transplant that saved his life.

These gifts of life allowed Isaac to beat cancer and even travel to Texas to meet and thank his bone marrow donor. Now happy and healthy, Isaac wants to grow up and be a cancer researcher and give back to other patients just like him.

“I don’t want kids to go through as much pain as I had to,” said Isaac.


Many patients with life-threatening illnesses rely on bone marrow transplants.

The Be The Match marrow donor registry is operated by the National Marrow Donor Program and has been helping patients receive life-saving bone marrow transplants for nearly 30 years. Bone marrow transplants can help patients suffering from a variety of illnesses, including leukemia, lymphoma and sickle cell disease.

Learn more about marrow donation and join the Be The Match registry.

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Austin Mooney, Heart and Lung Transplant Recipient

Austin Mooney

Austin received a heart and double-lung transplant, because of doctors at the Ohio Wexner Medical Center and donors he is thriving today.

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Thomas Failing, HLA Platelet Donor

Thomas Failing

In the last year, Tom has donated HLA matched platelets 15 times to benefit Kathy, whose body cannot make enough platelets.

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Marqus Valentine

Marqus Valentine

Marqus Valentine is a co-founder of Sick Cells, a non-profit dedicated to improving the care and quality of life for people living with SCD. More information is available at SickCells.org.

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